Our staff consists of five professionals and one intern. Our professionals have certifications and licenses in multiple mental health disciplines. In addition to our Executive Director who is responsible for the overall management and development of the organization, we have staff engaged in managing and delivering services through our VALOR, Access for All, and Young Professionals Network programs. Read more about our Founder and Executive Director, Jeff Levy, below.
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
In addition to his work with The Wingspan Project, Jeff provides psychotherapy as well as consultation and training to other mental health professionals. His current practice is the newest professional iteration of a career that has spanned almost four decades: first as a recreation therapist with young people in foster homes and residential care and later with young people who had runaway from home or were homeless. Even at the beginning of his career, he realized the impact of early and prolonged experiences of trauma. Later, he became a social worker and his work expanded to providing therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups. He continues to work in a way that is trauma informed, LGBTQIA affirmative, intersectional, creative, and relational.
Immediately prior to his return to private practice and founding The Wingspan Project, Jeff spent over14 years as the co-founder and CEO of Live Oak, Inc., an organization providing psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, and families and consultation, supervision, and training to social service professionals and organizations. In addition to his work at Live Oak, he was adjunct faculty at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, UIC’s Jane Addams College of Social Work.
When not at work---and even sometimes when he is at work---Jeff blogs, writes poetry and essays, paints, takes photographs (some of which are on this website) and gardens. He also volunteers doing adoption home visits for a dog rescue organization. He would be fostering dogs as well, but any more than 120 pounds across three dogs is more than he’s allowed to have at home
Jeff Levy, LCSW, CTRS